10 Revelations From REGINE VELASQUEZ-ALCASID's Grand Kapamilya Press Con
Ai dela Cruz
The queen is finally here and she came with tons of surprises!
The whole country was shookt as #SongbirdReturnsToABSCBN and #WelcomeHomeKapamilyaRegine trended nationwide at the #1 and #2 spots respectively on Twitter, referring to Regine Velasquez-Alcasid's highly-anticipated contract signing with ABS-CBN. As part of her warm welcome, a grand press conference was held at the Dolphy Theater where the newly inked Kapamilya bravely faced questions from the media—from her decision to switch networks, her upcoming projects, and everything in between!
Here are 10 revelations Asia's Songbird unleashed during the 1-hour-long Q & A:
1. She will be a judge on Idol Philippines!
As shown in the grandiose opening video played before her regal entrance, the diva will be a judge on the biggest reality singing competition of 2019, ABS-CBN's version of the globally massive Idol franchise. It's a first for Regine who has hosted several singing contests on TV.
As she goes back home to ABS-CBN, Regine Velasquez reveals that she will be one of the judges of the Search for the Idol Philippines! #WelcomeHomeKapamilyaRegine #SongbirdRetunsToABSCBN pic.twitter.com/YSj4OFaZXK— Idol Philippines (@idolphilippines) October 17, 2018
2. We will be seeing her on ASAP every Sunday!
After her guesting on ASAP Live in Sydney, the recording superstar will also be a regular on the Sunday noontime musical variety show—something she claimed she missed being a part of. Among the many artists she's excited to finally work with is Luis Manzano. And yes, she wants to have a duet with VJ Luis. LOL!
3. A weekly musical sitcom with Ogie Alcasid is on the table!
Pitched to her on the same day of the press con, the still-untitled sitcom fulfills the singer-actress' dream of working with her hubby Ogie again. No other cast members aside from Ian Veneracion have been confirmed but we're already excited!
4. The contract she signed into with ABS-CBN is for two years.
After joking about signing on for a hundred years, the "now-certified Kapamilya" eventually disclosed that her contract's term is only for two.
5. Her first shows in ABS-CBN were Triple Treat and Teen Pan Alley.
For those wondering why her transfer to the Kapamilya network was dubbed as a "homecoming", the Songbird used to be part of two ABS-CBN shows back in the 80s. "Not a lot of people know I actually started here in ABS-CBN... They gave me a chance; they gave me a television show. Talagang practically hindi po ako kilala, nag-uumpisa pa lang po ako no'n. I was only 17 or 16 years old," revealed Regine who suddenly remembered that she even appeared in 80s star Snooky Serna's weekly musical variety show Always Snooky right in the very spot where she was seated inside the Dolphy Theater!
6. The voice behind My Binondo Girl's theme song was indeed hers!
Back in 2011, then-preggy Kapuso Regine herself requested to sing the theme song of the Kapamilya teleserye starring Kim Chiu because of her fondness for the actress. "Pinaglihian ko si Kim Chiu! Ang cute-cute ni Kim Chiu!" she exclaimed. Written by her husband Ogie, "Sino Ako" was originally thought to have been sung by Angeline Quinto by some fans.
7. She will be singing the theme song of Angel Locsin's upcoming primetime teleserye The General's Daughter.
Aside from finally being able to lend her voice (officially) for a Kapamilya teleserye—which stars one of her favorite actresses—the songstress also deems this project special because her award-winning husband was again commissioned to write the teleserye theme song, just like in the case of My Binondo Girl.
8. Another benefit concert in partnership with Bantay Bata is slated to happen on April 2019.
Hoping to repeat the huge success of her ABS-CBN-produced Bantay Bata benefit concert One Night With Regine held just outside the National Museum of the Philippines, the Songbird hopes to celebrate her 49th birthday through another concert dedicated for the rebuilding of Bantay Bata's Children's Village.
Boasting of an 85-piece orchestra and 55-piece chorale under the baton of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, the 2002 outdoor musical spectacle was claimed by the power-belting diva as one of her best concerts ever where she reached her trademark high notes while seated on the museum's scenic steps.
9. Coming back home to ABS-CBN was her own decision, not anyone else's.
Despite what some fans may think, the decision to move back to her original home network was not influenced by her husband who first made the leap back in 2016. In fact, the returning Kapamilya spilled the beans that she has made several attempts over the years to switch networks—even before Ogie did—but the timing just didn't seem right. "It was my idea, not his... It's really not fair for him to be blamed. Kahit anong desisyon na lang na ginawa ko, he'll always be blamed... Siya po yung kumukumpleto ng pagkatao ko. Sana wag niyo namang alipustahin kasi mahal na mahal ko talaga yung asawa ko," the loving wife calmly defended her husband of almost 8 years.
10. Mang Gerry would have approved of her decision.
Perhaps the most emotional question asked that night was about the Songbird's late father Gerardo "Mang Gerry" Velasquez, who famously trained her at a young age by making her sing while submerged in neck-deep water and is fondly remembered by the press for being very supportive of her career (albeit quietly from the sidelines, unlike other stage fathers). Asked what she thinks Mang Gerry would have told her about her network transfer, Regine confidently replied, "It's about time."